NCA physiotherapist in IPL 2020? The franchises have other plans

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On the heels of announcing the IPL 2020 dates and venue, the governing body BCCI decided to send a physiotherapist from the National Cricket Academy (NCA) to the tournament venue. However, the franchises are not keen on the idea.

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IPL 2020, the 13th edition of the cash rich league is bringing a lot new to the table. In accordance to the safety of the players and other staffs as IPL begins, the BCCI has prepared an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for all the eight franchises to follow during the tournament.

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In addition to that, the governing body recently proposed to send NCA physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik to UAE to keep an eye on the players during the tournament.

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However, the franchises haven’t shown interest on the idea of having a physio from the academy, based on the precautionary measures they will maintain, plus the previous track record of the NCA.

IPL 2020: Franchises show disinterest on having a physio from the NCA

According to a report from Times of India, sources within the franchises say that they aren’t keen on having Ashish Kaushik, an outsider to be present within the ‘bio secure bubble‘ to be prepared for the players coaches and support staffs.

“Franchises hire the best physios and trainers from around the world. The NCA guys can interact with players and franchises through video conferencing. There is also a trust deficit between the players and NCA,” the sources told TOI.

Moreover, the NCA’s inefficiency in the past regarding treatment of a number of players’ injuries is another reason for the franchises for not being confident on having a physio from the academy.

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s hernia went undetected. Kedar Jadhav’s return was rushed. Wriddhiman Saha’s rehabilitation was ‘messed up’. Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah had their share of unpleasant experiences at the NCA. Who wants to take chances? The NCA has time and again proved incapable,” the sources added.

The franchises also believe that lack of cooperativeness with the players to be a hindrance, as the teams already have top notch personnel from around the world, and are apathetic to see an NCA personnel working alongside them.

“Coordination will be an issue and we don’t want too many cooks spoiling the broth. Let’s have a proper system in place and follow it to the T. Franchises take care of their players throughout the year. The best facilities are being made available in the UAE. Franchises have some of the best support staff.”

“Take Delhi Capitals, for example. They brought Patrick Farhart on board as soon as he quit Team India. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Kamlesh Jain, who did his masters in sports therapy from London Met, has been the head physio at the Cricket Association of Bengal,” concluded the sources.

IPL 2020 will take place from 19th September to 10th November, and will be hosted across three venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

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